After a hot tour of the fest circuit this year, Radius-TWC‘s The One I Love hits theaters on Aug. 22. Marking the feature directorial debut of Charlie McDowell, the romantic comedy follows Ethan and Sophie, a thirtysomething couple on the verge of separation, who make a quick vacation escape to rekindle their love life, only to see offbeat results. Screenwriter Justin Lader churned out a 50-page script with suggested dialogue, giving Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss the opportunity to improvise their lines. Take a look:
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Spirit Award-winning helmer Sean Baker moved from the streets of New York in Prince Of Broadway to the suburbs of the Valley in 2012′s Starlet, and he’s stuck with the City of Angels for his latest feature. Details are staying under wraps on Tangerine, but the LA-set pic is set on Christmas Eve against the backdrop of the city’s different subcultures. Baker cast first-time actors Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor as his two leads and tapped Starlet co-stars James Ransone (The Wire, In A Valley Of Violence) and Mickey O’Hagan to star alongside Karren Karagulian, who appeared in Prince Of Broadway.
Try gleaning any plot clues from this quote from Baker: “I think this film is a response to those who told me that I’d go soft if I moved to LA. It’s a wild, colorful ride through sections of this city that has rarely or never been captured on film.” Chris Bergoch co-scripted and Mark and Jay Duplass are exec producers on the film for their Duplass Brothers Productions banner alongside Marcus and Karrie Cox of Through Films. Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou are producers. Freestyle Productions’ Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri are co-producers alongside DP Radium Cheung. Baker and Mark Duplass are repped by ICM Partners.
Sundance breakout Hannah Fidell is moving fast on the follow-up to her 2013 debut drama A Teacher, the tale of an increasingly dangerous affair between a high school teacher and her student. Fidell, who won the SXSW Chicken & Egg Female Narrative Directing Award for A Teacher, has set Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Ben Rosenfield (Boardwalk Empire) to star in her untitled second feature as a young couple who face a series of volatile events as they near the end of college. Mark Duplass is executive producer on HBO’s adaptation of A Teacher and is also exec producing Fidell’s new feature for Duplass Brothers Productions. Film also stars Fidell’s A Teacher lead Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard (Humpday), Peter Vack (Fort Tilden), and Jennifer Lafleur (The Do-Deca Pentathlon) and is produced by Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, and Andrew Logan. Farmiga’s also wrapped Warren Beatty’s untitled film and next heads to Ti West’s In The Valley Of Violence. Rosenfield appears next in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year and Kate Barker-Froyland’s Song One. Fidell and Duplass are repped by ICM Partners. Fidell is managed by Brillstein. Farmiga is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic. Rosenfield is repped by UTA.
The romantic comedy premiered at Sundance and screens this week at Tribeca. Radius/TWC acquired worldwide rights to The One I Love within 24 hours of its Park City bow and now has set an August 15 release date. Charlie McDowell directed the pic, which stars Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as spouses in a crumbling marriage who escape for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves and end up facing an unusual dilemma. Ted Danson co-stars, and Justin Lader wrote it. Here’s a clip:
Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to indie horror-thriller Creep, from Blumhouse Productions and the Duplass brothers. The microbudget two-hander stars Patrick Brice as a videographer who answers an online ad to film a stranger (Mark Duplass) in a remote mountain town for a personal project that turns sinister. Brice co-wrote the pic with Duplass and makes his directorial debut with Creep, which will be released later this year. It marks the first collaboration between Duplass and Jason Blum, who produced the film together and have pacted with Radius-TWC to turn the first film into a full trilogy. The second and third films already are in the works. “I’m a huge fan of the renegade tactics of Blumhouse and Radius, and I couldn’t be more psyched to partner with them on this utterly insane new franchise,” said Duplass. Following Creep‘s SXSW premiere, the duo spoke with Deadline about their surprise creative alliance (read it here). Radius-TWC is also releasing Duplass’s Sundance film The One I Love in August. The company’s co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated what I hear was a seven-figure deal with Submarine’s Josh Braun.
Q&A: Jason Blum & Mark Duplass Team On Horror Pic ‘Creep’ As Blumhouse Hit Machine, Indie Model Converge
Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and filmmaker Mark Duplass aren’t the likeliest pair to join forces, but the microbudget horror maven and the indie veteran found common ground when they linked up just over a year ago on a found-footage pic Duplass was hammering out with director pal Patrick Brice. Creep follows the unfolding tale of a videographer (Brice) who answers a Craigslist ad to shoot video of a stranger (Duplass). The two filmed the pic on the fly shaping the story as they went. When Creep began looking like a horror pic, Duplass rang Blum, who then came aboard as producer. The film premiered last week at SXSW.
Blum, who made his fortune and his name on 2009′s game-changer Paranormal Activity, has seen his reputation as a hitmaker climb as audiences keep buying tickets for his insta-franchises including Insidious, Sinister, and The Purge. In a SXSW keynote speech, he lined out the secret to Blumhouse’s success: low budgets of $1M-$3M, directors with something to prove (and, often, bad studio experiences under their belts), no CG, no rebate-state shoots outside of L.A., and scale pay for cast and crew with a cut of the profits if the movie is a hit.
However Creep‘s future shakes out, Duplass is ready to embrace alternative channels of distribution. The actor-writer-director-producer got his start with his and brother Jay Duplass’ indie drama The Puffy Chair, one of Netflix’s early streaming success stories. He’s now produced and distributed nine more features using his own Blum-like formula developed over the past decade working in indie film. Creep is the first of their two features together, with Universal and Blumhouse’s Stephen King adaptation Mercy also on the way. Blum and Duplass explained their simpatico methods during SXSW:
EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Fidell’s feature A Teacher, one of the buzzed about titles at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is getting a series adaptation as a drama at HBO executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Michael Costigan. Also titled A Teacher, the project is being written/executive produced by Fidell and BAFTA-winning British writer Daniel Brocklehurst, former showrunner of the original UK series Shameless, with Fidell also set to direct the potential pilot. The series centers on a high school teacher in her late 20′s in the midst of a torrid affair with one of her students.
The project originated with Costigan and his company Cota Films. Costigan saw Fidell’s film at Sundance 2013 and teamed with her and Brocklehurst for a TV adaptation. Costigan then brought in Jay and Mark Duplass whose film Cyrus he produced for Fox Searchlight. The Duplass brothers are already in business with HBO with their new comedy series Togetherness, which starts production this month. Here is the trailer for A Teacher, starring Lindsay Burdge, which was released theatrically and on VOD by Oscilloscope. There is no talent attached to the series version at this time.
Lionsgate has set a January 30, 2015, release date for the pic starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger. David Gelb directs Lazarus from a script by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater. The horror thriller revolves around a team of research students who accidentally kill a colleague and unwittingly unlock a deadly force by bringing her back to life. Fighting for their own lives, they must contain her in the lab before she’s unleashed on the world. Blumhouse is producing. Right now, Lazarus has the weekend to itself.
EXCLUSIVE: HBO’s single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by Mark Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass is joining the schedule. Some guys have all the luck: Mark originally was not attached to star in the project because the actor was too busy in front of TV and film cameras. Now he’ll also be on Togetherness because my source says HBO has picked up the half-hour for 8 episodes to begin production in Los Angeles in early 2014. Pilot credits also include co-exec producer Stephanie Langhoff, and Steve Zissis as an actor, writer and consulting producer. The series follows two couples living under the same Los Angeles roof and struggling in their relationships while dealing with their individual problems. The foursome consists of Tina Morris (Amanda Peet) who moves in with her sister Michelle Pierson (Melanie Lynskey) and her husband Brett (Mark Duplass), plus Brett’s over-the-hill actor friend Alex (Zissis). Mark Duplass will continue on FX’s comedy The League. He also was recurring on Fox’s The Mindy Project. For movies, he’s also co-starring opposite Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, Parkland, and Mercy. He also sacts in, produced, and co-wrote the upcoming Peachfuzz and is starring in and exec producing The One I Love.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Duplass rounds out four leads in Togetherness, HBO’s single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass. Mark Duplass, who is a known actor, originally was not attached to star in the project as he is pretty busy in front of the camera in TV. He stars on FX’s comedy The League and recurs on Fox’s The Mindy Project. Now he is taking on a lead in Togetherness as a regular while continuing on The League. Togetherness, which stars Amanda Peet, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Steve Zissis, follows two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. The foursome consists of Tina Morris (Peet) who relocates from Houston to Los Angeles and moves in with her sister Michelle Pierson (Lynskey) and her husband Brett (Duplass). Also moving in with the Piersons is Brett’s friend Alex (Zissis), a struggling, over-the-hill actor. The health food obsessive Brett is successful in business, and on the surface, his peculiar brand of enthusiasm has gotten him a picture-perfect life: a sweet wife, a solid job, two healthy kids. But under that surface, Brett has some problems in both his personal and professional lives. With Duplass’ casting both male leads of the show are creative auspices on the project as Zissis has been helping with the story. On the film …
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy is getting some company on the road in her starring vehicle Tammy. The New Line comedy has cast Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Mindy Project) in a key role in the pic about a woman (McCarthy) who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the asphalt with her foul-mouthed grandmother. She meets a man (Duplass) on her trip and they develop a strange relationship. McCarthy wrote the script with husband Ben Falcone, who will direct, taking over for original helmer Beth McCarthy-Miller. Duplass just wrapped Open Road’s JFK drama Parkland and the Universal-Blumhouse horror Mercy, based on a Stephen King short story. He also stars in, produced, and co-wrote the upcoming Peachfuzz for Blumhouse, is starring in and exec producing the indie The One I Love, and is gearing up for a spring shoot on his HBO pilot with brother Jay Duplass, Togetherness. Duplass is repped by ICM.
EXCLUSIVE: The new indie film is called The One I Love, which will be directed by Charlie McDowell from a script by Justin Lader and will star Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass and Ted Danson. Moss and Duplass play a young couple with marital problems and Danson will play their therapist. Mel Eslyn is producing and Mark Duplass executive producing. McDowell is making his directing debut. He is best known as the man behind the popular Twitter feed about a young man inspired to think as women do after he discovers that he can overhear the conversations that his unsuspecting neighbors are having in the apartment above him. He turned that into Dear Girls Above Me, a book that will be published in June. Duplass is repped by ICM Partners, Moss by WME and manager Gay Ribisi, and Danson by CAA.
Berlin: K5 To Start Sales On Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, Ben Kingsley Romantic Comedy ‘Convention’
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s another package that’s come together just ahead of the EFM. K5 International will start sales and CAA and ICM Partners will co-rep North American rights in Berlin on Convention, the second feature from A Many Splintered Thing director Justin Reardon. Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley are attached to star in the romantic comedy that shoots this summer. A Charlie Kaufman-esque mind-bender, the premise finds mild-mannered Paul (Duplass) and his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) setting out to change the box storage world with Paul’s invention of the 5-sided box. Kingsley plays a maniacal box magnate who seeks to thwart Paul and Abby’s success. Meanwhile, the invention also risks ripping a giant hole in the fabric of the universe. When Paul realizes the damage he’s causing, he races against time to put the galaxy back in order and save the girl of his dreams.
Reardon is best known as the co-creator and art director for Budweiser’s Wassup! and Howyadoin’ campaigns. He’s just finished production on his feature debut, A Many Splintered Thing, with Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Giovanni Ribisi, Topher Grace and Luke Wilson. Reardon will shoot Convention in the summer from a script by Christopher Painter who’s done TV work on toons like The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Tom And Jerry Tales. Paul Schiff (Rushmore) and Tai Duncan (Red Machine, The Air I Breathe) are producing.
K5 Partners Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur say, “We have an absolute dream cast for this dream comedy concept. It brings to mind films like Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine, and in Justin Reardon we have a wildly talented and totally visionary director.”
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Duplass continues to branch out as an actor beyond his DIY indie roots with two new projects, even as he and brother Jay keep building their joint TV and film portfolio. The Safety Not Guaranteed star has signed on for Universal and Blumhouse‘s Mercy, a fantasy-horror project based on a short from Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew collection that stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning. Peter Cornwell (A Haunting In Connecticut) is directing, with Jason Blum, McG, and Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Mary Viola producing. Matt Greenberg wrote the script from King’s short story Gramma, about two young boys who visit their grandmother and discover she’s a witch.
HBO has given the green light to Togetherness, a single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass. It follows two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. I hear filming is eyed to begin in April, with no plans for Mark, who is also an actor, to star. Duplass Brothers Prods’ Stephanie Langhoff co-executive produces the project, which indie filmmakers the Duplass brothers wrote on spec.
Found-footage horror specialist Blumhouse has acquired Peachfuzz from producers Mark and Jay Duplass and directed by first-timer Patrick Brice. The plot is mostly under wraps but follows a man who answers a Craigslist ad with unexpected results; Mark Duplass co-wrote the script and also stars. The deal closed yesterday at Sundance ahead of the film festival that starts today. The pic was not ready in time for the fest lineup, so the filmmakers offered up a poster and some scenes for buyers. Blumhouse jumped on it, and now it can be finished, with the Universal-based production company set to partner and collaborate with the brothers on the film and its distribution and marketing. The deal was negotiated by Submarine’s Josh Braun, who will serve as an executive producer.
Jay and Mark Duplass have their roots firmly planted in the indie world going back to their 2005 debut The Puffy Chair at the Sundance Film Festival. The brothers have since taken on projects that include stars (and Mark Duplass has become quite the ubiquitous actor himself), but their latest film The Do-Deca-Pentathlon yearns back to their earlier work. Zeitgeist Films’ documentary China Heavyweight is the third by a filmmaking group that has been set in China, though it’s hoping it will be the first to be seen in the giant country. Martin Donovan wrote, directed and stars in his latest project Collaborator, which he tapped into Canadian funding to make, while Strand Releasing found Crazy Eyes ahead of its SXSW Film Festival debut, quickly nabbing the title they hope will appeal to the hipster crowd.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and producers Walter Mirisch and Scott Rudin are planning a remake of the 1978 romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year. They are negotiating with Mark and Jay Duplass to write the script, with an eye toward directing the film. The Robert Mulligan-directed original starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. She’s a housewife, he’s an accountant and they meet by chance at a romantic inn over a dinner. Even though they are married to others, they have a one night stand and then they get together once a year to rekindle the sparks. Over the course of time, the relationship becomes complex as they develop an intimate relationship as they discuss what is going on with their lives at home.
Jay and Mark Duplass most recently collaborated as writers and directors of the Jason Segel-Ed Helms comedy Jeff, Who Lives At Home, and before that Cyrus, Baghead and The Puffy Chair. Mark Duplass also stars in the FX series The League and just signed on for a role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. He also stars in and exec produced Safety Not Guaranteed and the Alex Kurtzman-directed People Like Us. In addition, he stars in and co-produced Your Sister’s Sister, which opens Friday. They are repped by ICM Partners.
Specialty releases can clean up at the box office if they’re seen as serious awards contenders, but the majority of limited rollouts never make it to the awards big leagues in a given year. Two of this week’s new specialty openers are admittedly not in play for any golden statuettes according to their insiders (unless this is some sort of reverse-psychology campaign?). First off, Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener starrer Peace, Love & Misunderstanding will open in 25 cities this weekend. Its high-profile stars along with some now high-profile newcomers might be just the thing for moviegoers looking for a summer escape. China Lion’s Double Trouble will have a smaller indie platform release, hoping to cash in on the first film of Hong Kong star Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee. Also hitting screens is FilmDistrict’s Safety Not Guaranteed, which concerns a magazine crew that sets out in search of the person who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time-travel. Then there’s Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus with star Greta Gerwig courtesy of Fox Searchlight and doc Paul Williams Still Alive is taking its story about the Oscar and Grammy award-winning star via a more DIY approach.